Two missing at sea near border

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Two people are reported missing in the western Solomons after their boat encountered rough seas last Friday.

Search and Rescue department in Solomon Islands Marine Authority said the boat was returning from Mono in Shortland Islands to Noro in Western Province.

A officer in the department said the boat had left Noro early in the morning to drop off a dead body at Mono.

“After dropping off the dead body at Mono, it returned to Noro.

“On its return, it got lost due to rough seas,” officer said.

He said Police of Kulitanai and Taro resumed their search yesterday after searching parts of Shortland, Vela la vela and Kolombangara.

“The search could not move far out due to rough seas.

“However, search will continue until the boat is located,” he said.

Further to that, the officer said a boat that went missing between Gela and Honiara was picked up on Saturday by another boat.

He said everyone in the boat was safe.